I am using an 8x10 camera with a 14 inch lens and I am having real problems with the shape of the subject and the relative proportions of different parts of the body. Normally, I can accept a little bit of distortion with regard to perspective, but with people, the distortion is obvious and just not right. I have two basic questions. 1) When photographing a standing subject, what should the height of the camera be in relation to the subject? 2) I have attached a crude drawing of a set up I tried recently which just did not work. My subject was seated on the top step of a porch with the camera at about the same height as the subject (left side of drawing). On the right hand side of the drawing I have shown the plane of the subject relative to the camera, from above. As you can see, the camera was at an angle to the subject and this resulted in a lot of distortion. On the glass, the feet were HUGE in comparison to the head. I fiddled with the front and back movements, but just couldn't get it to work. Would the correct adjustment have been to put both the front and back standards parallel to the subject? Does anyone know of any good sources which deal the movements involved in photographing subjects full length?